Terry Malmquist Sr. was a man with a servant’s heart who was happiest when he was helping others, said Kathy Malmquist, his wife of 43 years.
“He was always helping others and would do anything for anyone,” she said. “He was a jack of all trades.”
Terry Malmquist Sr., 67, of Valparaiso, died Aug. 30. He worked 35 years as a car salesman and also for Sears. He also had worked for Union Electric Steel.
He served three years in the Army, including one year in Vietnam.
After he retired, he enjoyed being a handyman for St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church, where he was an active member.
“He loved his church community,” Kathy Malmquist said.
He loved spending time in Colon, Mich., where his family had a cabin for decades. He was happiest when entertaining family and friends there, she said.
He had a good sense of humor and was always telling jokes or teasing others, she said.
“He loved to tease people in a loving, friendly manner,” she said.
His two sons said he was an excellent role model and will be missed for many reasons.
“He always made me laugh. I loved his sense of humor,” said son Terry Malmquist Jr. “He was the best dad in the world.”
Son Brian Malmquist said his father taught him to have high morals and values.
“My brother and I are blessed for having such a loving dad,” he said.